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05 Aug 2013

Grain SA has managed to facilitate an ideal opportunity to expose local grain farmers and practitioners to one of the most respected leaders in the promotion of Conservation Agriculture (CA) in the world. Rolf Derpsch, an international expert on CA will participate in a CA study tour and conference in the Western Cape from 5-8 August. He kindly agreed to spend some time and share his expertise with people in the Highveld region and lead CA discussions on 14 and 15 August. The need of producers to interact with Rolf is great and as many as possible production regions will be included in this event. There are several challenges and questions from producers in the Free State and North-West Province in particular. You are therefore cordially invited to attend one of these discussions and workshops.

OPTION 1: Regions - Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng
Venue: Grain Building, Witherite Road, The Willows, Pretoria
Date: Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Time: 09:30 – 16:00

OPTION 2: Regions - Free State and North West
Venue: Sampi Hall, Nampopark, Bothaville
Date: Thursday, 15 August 2013
Time: 09:30 – 16:00

Interested participants are kindly requested to confirm their attendance by 6 August, since availability of seats will be limited. Send your confirmation to Susan Engelbrecht at susan.engelbrecht@grainsa.co.za

Conservation Agriculture (CA) is an approach to managing agro-ecosystems for improved and sustained productivity, increased profits and food security while preserving and enhancing the resource base and the environment. CA is characterized by three linked principles, namely:

  1. Continuous minimum mechanical soil disturbance.
  2. Permanent organic soil cover.
  3. Diversification of crop species grown in sequences and/or associations.